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Thailand to indict influential former PM Thaksin over royal insult

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kurisupisuMay 29  03:20 pm JST

The new Thai king has few fans in the LOS according to the Thais that I have met recently.

The lese-majeste are an anachronism and often used by the Thai establishment to rid itself of foes.

So who really is in power in Thailand? And didn't Thaskin make his 'insult' outside of Thailand? He should've never returned there, that 'government' is just using this bogus crap as an excuse. It's a sham and a crime in itself.

Remember the comic strip 'Wizard of Id' from the 70s, 80s? I'll just say it now and let's see what the 'King Tut the Butt' of Thailand has to say about this:

'The King is a FINK'. Now smoke that, you royal poobah.

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GarthgoyleMay 29 08:47 pm JST

Dang. And that's the "democratic" country Japan and USA are supporting?

If they US and Japan cut off every human rights violator in SE Asia, there would be no relations left with the region.

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grundMay 29  02:21 pm JST

Would be interesting to know what he said.

Who cares what he said in so far as it wasn't libelous. The idea that one group of people, the royal family, should be protected from comments they don't like simply by merit of having been born into this family, is grossly ridiculous and shameful on Thailand's part.

tom totoMay 29  11:37 pm JST

he should be in jail regardless for his acts while in power.

If a court can fairly prove him guilty of illegal acts, then, yes.

He's greedy for {{content}}power which is why his sister was in power and now grooming his kids to be also in power which in itself insult Thais ability to lead country because in his objective it is only reserved for Thaksin's.

It may be insulting but it's not illegal. Plenty of people "groom" their children to take over family businesses or to follow in their footsteps. If the Thai people vote for them, then that's on the Thai people. They can't really claim to be a democratic loving country as long as long as Lèse-majesté is part of the criminal code.

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he should be in jail regardless for his acts while in power. He's greedy for $&power which is why his sister was in power and now grooming his kids to be also in power which in itself insult Thais ability to lead country because in his objective it is only reserved for Thaksin's. How he's been treated since his return is corrupted act by his cronies.

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Dang. And that's the "democratic" country Japan and USA are supporting?

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finally-rich...

Pay respect to...this?

There are much worse photos than that. There are some from Germany, where he prefers to live, that are odd to say the least.

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Ah....The land of fake smiles, rip offs and sex tourists. I'll continue to spend my holiday money somewhere else.

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The military is doing all they can and what ever they can to keep any civil leadership from taking the office of the PM, this is just another attempt but it will backfire again.

Mr. Thaksin has a lot of supporters that will put him back in the PM office the first chance they get.

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Such a weird flex from the Thai government in the year 2024 especially given the current king.

Thaksin would be the highest-profile case among more than 270 prosecutions in recent years under the lese-majeste law, which carries a maximum jail term of 15 years for each perceived insult of the royal family.

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Would be interesting to know what he said.

He said, "Your majesty is like a big jam doughnut with cream on the top."

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Would be interesting to know what he said.

It doesn't really matter. Anybody can accuse anyone of insulting the monarch - even insulting the monarch's dog is a crime. Like the Salem witch trials, it's a useful way to get people you don't like arrested. No wonder Thailand is only second behind the US in the proportion of population in prison.

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Pay respect to...this?

https://nypost.com/2016/10/13/thailands-new-king-is-a-kooky-crop-top-wearing-playboy/

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The new Thai king has few fans in the LOS according to the Thais that I have met recently.

The lese-majeste are an anachronism and often used by the Thai establishment to rid itself of foes.

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insulting the monarchy

so insecure and middle age thinking

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Would be interesting to know what he said.

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